The 5K Everyone Should Run

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It’s that time of year again – Girls on the Run 5k time!  If you are not yet aware of this AMAZING organization, GOTR is a character development after-school program for elementary and middle school girls that encourages a positive self-esteem through running.  At the end of the 12-week ‘season,’ the girls run a community 5K.


There are GOTR chapters all over America.  There may be one near you – check out their map here!  The Husband and I coached for several seasons and loved every single moment of it.  GOTR is truly a wonderful program that creates stronger, more confident, and happier girls.   


If you want to support GOTR, sign up for your local chapter’s 5K.  It will be an untimed race and all about having FUN.  Make it a family affair!  Encourage your friends to sign up, too! 


This is one 5K event that you really, really don’t want to miss.  I can’t wait for our 5K in early December. 


(If you’re in the Twin Cities area, be sure to check out your local council’s new video.)



  • Gina November 11, 2012, 10:47 pm

    My daughter and I ran our 1st girls on the run race in Wichita Kansas today. It was great!

  • rebecca @ blueberry smiles November 12, 2012, 1:16 am

    I signed up to be a running buddy this year– looking forward to it!

  • Megan November 12, 2012, 2:10 am

    I’ve already submitted my application for assistant coach (for the spring) and running buddy (for this fall) to GOTR-tampa! Can’t wait!!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 12, 2012, 7:08 am

    We just had ours on Saturday!!! It was my first season as a coach for GOTR and I loved getting to run it with one of my girls and seeing how excited everyone was! And since it was Chicago, the race was HUGE! We had so many participating schools!

  • Lisa November 12, 2012, 7:46 am

    I wish so badly that there was one near me. I keep checking, but so far nothing.

    • Mina November 12, 2012, 8:40 am

      Lisa – I had been looking for one near me for a few years and was coming up with nothing. This past August I went to their site looking for info on starting a group (which I do NOT have time for :-), I changed the searched to a 50 mile radius and saw there was a group in a neighboring county that served 3 counties and had a practice site 15 minutes from our house. Keep checking!

  • Marie November 12, 2012, 7:50 am

    There’s also a GOTR chapter in Toronto, Ontario:!

  • Mina November 12, 2012, 8:38 am

    My daughter and I ran with her group yesterday, it was a great event! She’s already planning on doing the spring session.


  • Hyedi November 12, 2012, 10:55 am

    Thanks for the mention of our video, Caitlin!

  • Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 12, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Love those GOTR shoelaces! I’m actually in the process of applying for an assistant coach position at my local GOTR, and it’s all I can think about now because I’m dying to be part of the organization. Thanks for making me aware of it in the first place!

  • Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run} November 12, 2012, 3:43 pm

    I was a head coach for GOTR this fall. Our 5K was last Saturday. It was such an empowering experience 🙂

  • Liz November 12, 2012, 6:48 pm

    My sorority at the University of Oklahoma recently picked GOTR as one of the organizations to donate our philanthropy money to. I was one of the few that had heard of the organization and I have because of your blog! Sounds like a great one to support.

    • Caitlin November 12, 2012, 9:01 pm

      Yay 🙂

  • Sara November 12, 2012, 9:45 pm

    GOTR will always have a special place in my heart!! GOTR San Diego was my very first running event ever. My good friend and I did the couch to 5k plan last year starting in October and finished the GOTR 5k together with 3 kids in strollers in December!! We both got pregnant a few weeks later and have brand new little boys now. She just started training again, and I’m planning to start the C25K again after the holidays. I can’t wait to run my next GOTR 5k!

  • Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans November 12, 2012, 11:03 pm

    I just signed up to volunteer for the High Country Girls on the Run 5K and I’m so excited for it! It looks like so much fun!

  • Sharia Robinson December 2, 2012, 1:11 pm

    This was my daughter’s first 5K and mines as well. We had a blast running with all of the participants and supporting her school University Park of Arts. She is so excited and ready for the Spring session. I am so proud of all of the girls who crossed the finish line.

  • Laurel December 2, 2012, 8:40 pm

    I was a first-time Running Buddy at DC’s race today, and it won’t be my last! I ran with a wonderful and adorable fifth-grader who raced like a champ. She was so proud of herself when she got her medal, it makes me a little weepy thinking about it now. It was far and away the most enthusiastic race I’ve ever run, and extremely well-organized. It can’t be easy to wrangle that many excited kids!

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